Former probation officer charged with purchasing child

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A former Wichita County probation officer has now been charged with the purchase of a child in connection to the adoption of a probationer’s baby.

Lakashia Nicole McKnight has bonded out of jail.

McKnight is one of numerous former probation department employees and supervisors who resigned or were dismissed in an investigation into alleged illegal and improper actions involving probationers.

McKnight was previously charged with official oppression and tampering with evidence.

Information on the adoption of a probationer’s baby came out during a revocation hearing for Brenda Valasquez in May 2019.

District Attorney John Gillespie began looking into other complaints concerning probation officers.

The complaint filed by a Texas Ranger against McKnight alleges she told Velasquez she would put in false community service hours, pay her probation fees, and also make payments on an apartment if allowed to adopt her baby when born.

McKnight attempted to get Velasquez to sign adoption papers but wouldn’t let Velasquez read them.

At one point, the Ranger said Velasquez met McKnight at the Catfish Grill and gave her $100 cash.

When the baby was born in October 2018, Velasquez changed her mind about giving up her baby but said she was scared her probation would be terminated so agreed, and then McKnight paid her phone bill.

Despite all this, Velasquez was still arrested in December for probation violations.

As a result of the allegations, the revocation against Velasquez had to be dropped.

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